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Sixth Week of Easter

Acts. 18:23-28 & Jn. 16:23-28

Jesus came to redeem humanity and to teach us about His Father and how we might come to live with Him in Heaven. But what He has to say can only be revealed gradually. He speaks to each of us in a personal way, encouraging us to seek more information so that we can gain a better knowledge of God.

Today's first reading tells us about Apollos, a Jew, who was evidently a sincere seeker after the truth. He had studied the scriptures, and the life of Jesus, and was keen to know more. He had already taken the first step in the right direction by accepting baptism from John, but now he needed further instruction. Two disciples, Priscilla and Aquila, were happy to teach him and once he had received their tuition he was equipped to help the work of evangelisation.

In the Gospel Jesus assures the disciples that at the right time everything will be made clear to them. He is returning to His Father, but He will always be with them in spirit, ready to answer their requests. All they have to do is ask for His help.

Learning about God is a slow process which will last all our lives. We learn a little at a time, from our parents, our school, our Church, and in this life we shall never know it all. Are we eager to learn as Apollos was? Do we listen attentively to the Word of God being read at Mass? Do we try through prayer and spiritual reading to get closer to God?

Lord Jesus, there is so much to learn, and it is not always easy, but we have Your promise that You will help us, if we ask the Father in Your name.

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